Nearly 3 out of 5 dogs in the US are either overweight or obese. This is an amazing number. This is a growing problem that we owners need to pay attention to.
While much of it comes down to portion control and exercise, the first steps are acknowledging that our dogs have a weight problem and then acting on it. Far too often we just accept that our dogs are overweight and pass it off as 'cute' or funny; but in reality, we are putting our dogs in danger of debilitating disease like cancer, arthritis and even shorter lifespans.
*YOUR PET IS A HEALTHY WEIGHT IF
-Their ribs are easily felt
-They have a tucked abdomen - no sagging stomach
-Their waist can be seen when viewed from above
*YOUR PET MAY BE OVERWEIGHT IF
-It's difficult to feel their ribs over fat
-They have a sagging stomach - you can grab a handful of fat
-They have a broad, flat back
-They have no waist